history advertising


For Women’s History Month, this teacher recreated vintage ads to call out sexism

  • In honor of Women’s History Month, Union High School teacher Nicholas Ferroni wanted to teach his students — and people all over the world — about the history of the advertising industry’s blatant sexism.
  • So Ferroni teamed up with 2010 Miss Teen USA Kamie Crawford, who made headlines after revealing she was told Donald Trump didn’t like black people, to recreate sexist vintage ads. This time, however, the gender roles were flipped. Read more. (3/15/2017 2:15 PM)


Any discussion of COLORISM that leaves out the historical context of WHITE SUPREMACY lets white people off the hook for THEIR racial obsessions, results in us blaming our fellow Black victims for the crimes of our oppressors and, ultimately, will fail to lead toward the BLACK UNITY necessary for our psychic liberation from said COLORISM.

Black people are not dark-skinned white people.
—  a phrase coined by Thomas J. Burrell. He was the first black man to work for an advertising agency, in the 1960s (though they initially hired him for the mail room). He rose in the ranks, and eventually decided to start his own advertising agency, focused on selling to the black American consumer. In doing so he pioneered the idea of niche marketing. Burrell Communications grew through partnerships with companies including McDonalds and Coca-Cola, eventually becoming the largest black-owned advertising agency in the United States.

“My grandmother demonstrating the Three-point belt as a model for Volvo, 1959.”

Poster by NATO, 1950, encouraging the nations of Europe to cooperate. The Americans, through NATO and the Marshall Plan, invested quite a bit of energy and resources into both breaking down divisions between European nations and supporting their economies. Of course, this was not done out of pure altruism – support from the Americans helped to ward off the spread of communism.

Vintage Movie Advertisements

We recently received a collection of great film advertisements that really blur the line between form and function. The three here are for films released in 1932. The movable features make perfect fodder for animated GIFs. It makes one wonder if these were put together by hand and how many were made.

“Strictly Dishonorable”

“Lady With a Past”

“Fireman Save My Child”